The Neijing is one of the most important classics of Taoism, as
well as the highest authority on traditional Chinese medicine. Its
authorship is attributed to the great Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, who
reigned during the third millennium BCE. This new translation consists
of the eighty-one chapters of the section of the Neijing known as the Suwen, or "Questions of Organic and Fundamental Nature." (The other section, called the Lingshu, is a technical book on acupuncture and is not included here.)
Written in the form of a discourse between Huang Di and his ministers, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine
contains a wealth of knowledge, including etiology, physiology,
diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of disease, as well as in-depth
investigation of such diverse subjects as ethics, psychology, and
cosmology. All of these subjects are discussed in a holistic context
that says life is not fragmented, as in the model provided by modern
science, but rather that all the pieces make up an interconnected whole.
By revealing the natural laws of this holistic universe, the book
offers much practical advice on how to promote a long, happy, and
The original text of the Neijing presents
broad concepts and is often brief with details. The translator's
elucidations and interpretations, incorporated into the translation,
help not only to clarify the meaning of the text but also to make it a
highly readable narrative for students—as well as for everyone curious
about the underlying principles of Chinese medicine.
316 pages. Paperback.